The two mosaics are now in place outside church, on the Anson Road side. This is a very busy area and these delightful works of art will be seen by a great number of people each day. They have brightened up a dull area.
The mosaics are a wonderful witness to cooperative working between children of the schools. They are an inspiration to adults too. They symbolise how each can contribute to something special to the community, and enjoy doing it too.
The mosaics were designed by the Year 6 children of the schools – this years’ leavers. It was a beautiful thing to do at the end of their primary school careers. The children, who are of different faiths and backgrounds, will regularly see the mosaics and remember the contribution they made with others to our local community.
The first mosaic shows different children holding a prayer ribbon, as used on the church outside prayer tree. The children are united, it tells us, in aspiration, hope and prayer. Above the children is a rainbow, a sign of variety and inclusion. Different colours make up one rainbow. The dove above the children is the dove which signified the end of the flood and God’s peace, from the story of Noah. This dove is a logo of church and of St Chrysostom’s School. Above the rainbow are more doves, copies of those found on a stained glass window in the Anson Chapel in church. The crown in the mosaic is a reminder of the Queen’s Jubilee year, and the words are words of qualities that unite us, chosen by the children: love, laughter, growing together.
The second mosaic is inspired by the tree logo so dear to St John’s school. The tree is used here to symbolise harmony and unity and growth. On the tree are symbols of world faiths, expressing a hope to live in harmony. There are also the olympic rings, in the year of the London Olympics. They too symbolise a hope for peace.
A candle is also on the tree, together with prayer ribbons. The children love lighting candles or tying ribbons to the tree when they come to church, as a sign of hope and prayer. The words, chosen by the children, express key words for living together: trust, friendship, happiness, belief.
Thank you to the children and to Angela, the mosaicist, for these special works of art.